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Sword of Vermilion

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The "cousin" of Sega's RPG Phantasy Star II, Sword of Vermilion is a role-playing game with action combat in a medieval-fantasy setting.

A third-person, top-down perspective is used to move around towns. A first-person view is used for overland travel outside of towns. A third-person side view perspective (a la Double Dragon or Final Fight) is used for the combat sequences.

The player is cast in the role of an ordinary young man who discovers that he is really a prince, and the son of the deceased good King Erik. He is charged with traveling around the land of Excalabria to collect the eight magic Rings of Good, defeating a number of boss enemies on the way to confronting the evil King Tsarkon.


Sword of Vermilion Genesis In a town
Sword of Vermilion Windows Ruins
Sword of Vermilion Windows Kingdom's fable
Sword of Vermilion Genesis Intro

Alternate Titles

  • "Vermilion" -- Japanese title
  • "ヴァーミリオン" -- Japanese spelling

User Reviews

"There Can Be Only One!" Genesis MasterMegid (897)

Critic Reviews

Raze Genesis Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Pixel-Heroes.de Genesis Feb 11, 2011 8 out of 10 80
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Aug 21, 2008 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Feb, 1991 8.8 out of 12 73
Video Games Genesis Dec, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Jan, 1991 28 out of 40 70
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 03, 2007 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Eurogamer.de Wii Mar 12, 2007 3 out of 5 60
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 24, 2004 5 out of 10 50
GameSpot Wii Mar 13, 2007 4.2 out of 10 42


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